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Where to Start with Checklists?

Where to start with checklists

Before we get into the detail of industry-specific checklists and the issues involved in their design and operation we should remind you about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

Other countries have similar organizations that do the same sort of work as OSHA and the guidance each offers is very similar too

Let’s start off small. OSHA produces a handbook for owners, proprietors, and managers of small businesses. Please note that the entire text of the Small Business Handbook is available on OSHA’s website at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/smallbusiness/small-business.pdf

Now the point of us telling you this is that there is a large number of great checklist examples for you to use in this booklet. Download it and check it out.

We suggest you use these templates as a base from which to start designing your own that are specific to your business. Let us know if you need any help. The handbook should help small business employers meet the legal requirements imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and achieve an in-compliance status before an OSHA inspection. An excellent resource to accompany this information is OSHA’s Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines, which are also available on OSHA’s website.

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